National Drug Conference 2011: Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion: Drugs, Stigma and the Media: Promoting constructive reporting on drugs and the people who use them.
Earlier this year, the Irish Press Ombudsman upheld a complaint against a column in the Irish Independent that described drug users as "vermin" and "feral, worthless scumbags". This panel discussion of journalists - sponsored by Harm Reduction International, the organisation which initiated the complaint, explores the challenges of media reporting on drug use issues, and the need for constructive press coverage that informs sensible public policy and discourse rather than promoting stigmatising stereotypes.
Rick Lines, Harm Reduction International
Maureen Brosnahan, a veteran national reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Kitty Holland, The Irish Times
Keelin Shanley, RTE
Erin O'Mara, editor of Black Poppy, a UK-based health and lifestyle magazine produced by and for people who use drugs.